Major League Baseball recently announced Indians DH Edwin Encarnacion as the recipient of the AL Player of the Week Award, the sixth such award in Encarnacion’s career.
Posting numbers of .421/.476/1.105 with four homers and nine RBI, including another multi-homer game against the Minnesota Twins, Encarnacion did well enough to earn this honor and it came at just the right time.
Encarnacion has always been susceptible to getting off to slow starts at the beginning of a new season and his year and two months in Cleveland proved no different. The difference is how well Encarnacion does once the calendar turns to June.
In his career, Encarnacion has been a career .243 hitter in the months of March through April, however, once the month says June or July, his offense spikes to show numbers of .287/.385/.921. Through the first three games of June this season, Encarnacion is hitting .455 with three homers and six RBI and he has only struck out one time.
This season seems to be treating Encarnacion much better compared to last season as well. Over the past four weeks, he has been one of the best hitters on the team while posting a .329/.395/.685 triple-slash line with seven homers and 20 RBI.
While the bullpen has let the team down over and over during the season, Encarnacion has been one of the bright spots on the offensive trying to keep the team afloat despite its’ poor relief pitching.
Look for Encarnacion and his trusty parrot to power the team to extend their first-place standing in the AL Central.